Hello, my name is Lisa Grudecki. I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I moved to Des Moines, Iowa to attend Grand View College which is now known as Grand View University! I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Human Services in December of 1998 and Graduated in the spring of 1999. I was hired by the Des Moines School District SUCCESS Program in November of 1999. I taught prenatal education and child development through age 5 for over 11 years. Our focus was school readiness. This is the beginning of my 3rd year at Brubaker working at the elementary level. I am proud to work at Brubaker. It feels like a big family here! The SUCCESS Program is here to work with students and families who need support in the areas of behavior, attendance and education. I am here year round…so do not hesitate to call me in the summer! I can assist with referrals for basic needs, housing, parenting skills and mental health. The highlight of my day is watching all of the students walk through the doors in the morning ready to learn!
My name is Diana O’Leary. I have had the privilege of having been in education for many, many years. I earned my bachelor’s degree at Central College in Pella and a master’s at Drake. In Des Moines, I have taught at St. Joseph’s, McKinley and Callanan. Over the years I have had many roles in schools including having taught all elementary grades. My role at Brubaker is to support teachers in their continued professional growth.
My name is Carolyn Taylor and I am excited to join the Brubaker community as the gifted and talented consultant this year. I have taught in the Des Moines Public School District since 2013. I have taught kindergarten, 1st, and 4th grade in the district and look forward to the opportunity to work with students k-5! I graduated from the University of Iowa with my B.A. in Elementary Education along with endorsements in reading and English/ language arts. I received my gifted and talented endorsement as part of my graduate work through Viterbo University. I will be completing my Master’s in Education through Viterbo this spring. I am originally from Muscatine, Iowa where I still have a large family I enjoy visiting. In my free time I enjoy reading and I am currently training for my first half marathon!
My name is Ms. Young and this is my fifth year as an Instructional Coach at Brubaker. I hold a BA in Communications Studies from the University of Iowa, as well as an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I have also completed a Reading K-8 endorsement through Viterbo University. I have served as a first, fourth, and fifth grade teacher with DMPS. I look forward to another exciting year of learning and growing with teachers and students.